Lack of Blogging

A couple things have contributed to the lack of recent blog posts. For one, Google Reader has made almost any, “Hey, have you seen this?” posts irrelevant, and for two, nothing much has really been going on.

I’ve been trying to do NaNoWriMo this year, and for a second year in a row, I don’t think I’m going to finish. I got to about 17K words so far, and I hope to hit 25K by the end of the weekend, but that feels… unlikely at this point. Part of it was that in the first week of November, I had a sudden, unexpected writing project at work which took up a lot of mental space, and part of it is that I think I made a mistake in starting with a story, and not with a character. I definitely write best when I think I have a general idea of who the character is, and I stick them in a variety of odd situations.

Because this particular thing, a novelization of a pitch concept from work, started with a story arc, I thought by exploring different segments of the arc, I could get a better idea for who the character is. Apparently, my brain doesn’t really work that way. It also may be that the character/setting just isn’t hitting the right notes, and inspiration isn’t really strikiing. Who knows?

In other news, I haven’t gotten paid since I got paid late at the beginning of November. Seems the company’s simply not bringing in money right now, and the bank account’s run dry. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next month or two. Half of me is hoping I get laid off, can collect unemployment, and take a stab at writing a game pitch, or help out a friend who’s doing some indie game development. The other half of me is sort of frightened at the prospect of not having a job in this economy, but oh, well. I dunno. It’s hard to say, honestly. I like the job, overall, but the things about it that are frustrating are particularly frustrating because a.) it doesn’t feel like I can change them, no matter how hard I work, and b.) I feel like maybe I’m starting to learn some bad habits as a result.

Been playing a fistful of great games – Mirror’s Edge is audacious and new, and Gears of War 2 is about as insane a blockbuster-style game as you could imagine. Hard to say what’s up next – C&C3: Red Alert, Fable 2, Far Cry 2, Endwar, Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway? Who knows.

Tomorrow, we go to babysit for D for the first time. Maybe I’ll get some writing in then.

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